Review: An Abridged Review of Clannad Another Abridged Series
[ Review By: Liam Walters ]
[Originally posted: 07/09/2010]
What can I say about Clannad. It’s an amazing anime, and one of my all time favourites. Today, however, we will be looking at Clannad Another Abridged Series, or CAAS for short. The reason behind the name is because when the series was made, there was actually an existing Clannad Abridged Series out. I would like to have done a comparison between the two, but Clanand Abridged only actually has 3 episodes out, whilst CAAS has 12.
So looking at the first three episodes of CAAS, and comparing them to Clannad Abridged, you can plainly see that Clannad Abridged is much better. Clanand Abridged has a much wider range of voice actors, has better editing and just runs much smoother. Whilst in CAAS, all the voices are done by the same 1 guy, and there are long pauses where you don’t really hear anything but the music, showing that some sound effects were missing. The editing is a but more choppy during the first few episodes as well.
Looking at the series as a whole though, CAAS is much better. If you watch all of the episodes, you can see how the creator has gone through and picked up new tips and ideas along the way. As you progress through the 12 episodes, you can see that the editing is greatly improved , and he actually gets another voice actor in to play the voice of most of the girls.
There is also the fact that he does do regular updates. Most of the time they are released about a week per episode, and sometimes these episodes will be 10 minutes long, if not longer. You can tell that he put a lot of work into the writing, making sure to do a lot of references, especially for those who have watched the entire original Clannad series, or even other peoples abridged series.
There is something in the writing that just makes you smile. Just things that you randomly think whilst watching the series, such as the closeness of the names Tomoya and Tomoyo. Personally, I was disappointed he didn’t make a reference of Ryu from Shaman king, but he hadn’t seen Shaman King, so there’s nothing that could be done.
I wonder if the extreme quiff is a tend among anime bikers…
Anyway, back to the series. Honestly, this is one of the better abridged series’ I’ve seen. A lot of the times. I mean, most people when abridging a series, just steal jokes off YuGiOh Abridged, but CAAS actually comes up with some pretty funny and witty dialogue. He even creates plot points around real life things, such as his other voice actor going on holiday, so blatantly showing that the characters voice has changed.
In essence, CAAS is a great series. He has just finished series 1, and series 2 picks up in December. In the mean time, he’s starting Ichiban Abridged. Now I’ve never seen Ichiban, but I think that I shall still tune in to have a watch, because if the writing is as good as it is for CAAS, then I’m sure that I’ll be happy enough just watching it anyway.
Watch Clannad Another Abridged Series: http://www.youtube.com/ClannadAAS